clever, cunning, ingenious(adj)
showing inventiveness and skill
"a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.
Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
That is an ingenious model of the atom.
Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.
Origin: From ingeniosus, from ingenium, from in + gignere, genere. Compare ingénieux; see also engine.
possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic
proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc
witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply
Origin: [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F. ingnieux. See Engine.]
Ingenious is the English name for Einfach Genial, a German abstract strategy board game designed by Reiner Knizia under commission from Sophisticated Games and published in 2004 by Kosmos. Across most of Europe it is titled as the local translation of Ingenious or Simply Ingenious, the notable exception being Mensa Connections in the UK.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-jē′ni-us, adj. of good natural abilities: skilful in inventing: witty.—adv. Ingē′niously.—ns. Ingē′niousness, Ingenū′ity, power of ready invention: facility in combining ideas: curiousness in design; Ingē′nium, bent of mind. [L. ingeniosus—ingenium, mother-wit, from in, and gen, root of gignĕre, to beget.]
The numerical value of ingenious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of ingenious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
Barometer, n. An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.
It’s an interesting idea, it makes waiting (for the bus) less boring, it’s an ingenious way of giving a city a soccer atmosphere.
No foreign policy-no matter how ingenious-has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.
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Translations for ingenious
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- enginyósCatalan, Valencian
- ingeniös, genialGerman
- μεγαλοφυής, εφευρετικός, πολυμήχανος, δαιμόνιοςGreek
- دارای قوه ابتکارPersian
- nerokas, terävä, nokkelaFinnish
- seòlta, teòmaScottish Gaelic
- találékony, leleményesHungarian
- vernuftig, ingenieusDutch
- iscusit, ingenios, cu iscusință, genialRomanian
- изобрета́тельный, хитроу́мный, оригина́льный, нахо́дчивыйRussian
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